Advertisements Cruel Summer premiered on Freeform on April 20th with 2 episodes. The show is set in the 90's and contains a lot of good 90's vibes and music. The show takes place in multiple different time periods telling the the story of what happened over 3 years or so. A popular girl goes missing for a year. The lead character Jeanette goes from nerdy to popular and takes the social status / place of the popular girl who went missing. Including her boyfriend. When the missing girl is rescued, she states that Jeanette found her months ago and promised to go get help to rescue her. But never came back with help. Jeanette says she never found her. And it's one girl's word against the others as the mystery and legal battles unravel.